High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the Week

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The geocache (with its updated badge).
The geocache (with its updated badge).

Geocache Name:

Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Most geocachers love a good gadget cache and this geocache is a perfect example. These types of geocaches highlight the creativity and ingenuity of the geocaching community. Forests and other places where the gadget box won’t be mistaken for a real piece of equipment are great places for gadget caches. Many of these geocaches, while they may seem technologically advanced or difficult to create, were built by people with no prior experience. Thanks to the internet, you can learn simple engineering, programming and even woodworking. We won’t give it away, but when this geocache reveals itself, it’s utterly electrifying.

What geocachers have to say:

“Nice! Love the gadget caches! Had to stop for this one on the way home to Illinois.” – supersteen

“Very nicely done and fun cache!!! TFTC!!!” – tabbikat

“Awesome cache! Well deserving of a favorite point! Thanks for a great cache!” – Mazzy Duck

 

What one of the geocache hiders, Hockeyhick , has to say:

I have always been a fan of thought-provoking puzzles, and geocaching certainly gives us all a chance to stretch out our brains as well as our legs. Additionally, my wife, Kerry (Cache-n-Kerry) cling to the mantra that a quality cache should either take you somewhere really cool, consist of a really cool puzzle, or a really cool container!
To be truthful, my inspiration for this cache humbly came from my good friend, Mike Sherwood (MSWahoo). He travels a lot for his job, and as a result, shares many tales of cool caches that he has found. He told me of the really cool hides that he found belonging to a cacher named Dayspring. After hearing about some of his caches, I wanted to try to give geocachers in our area some cool caching experiences, too. Having an electronic engineering background, a twisted sense of humor, and a shop full of “toys,” the sparks rally began to fly in the Hockeyhick Labs!
The original cache began as a 4-inch PVC pipe with the electric motor/gearbox inside, but sadly, someone decided that they wanted it more than I. After consulting with the property owner he encouraged me to make one that would be little more permanent than before. The housing is an electrical enclosure mounted to a fence post, with the pipe exiting the bottom, and a more maintenance-free motor doing the work inside. Adding in some limit switches has really helped to keep it running smoothly over time. Over all, it took about a weekend to build, but I tested it a lot, with various weights and conditions because I didn’t want to disappoint folks that come through the Upstate of South Carolina and detour just for this cache.
The results have been well received, and the real pleasure for me, as the cache owner, comes when we get those extremely nice email notifications! Knowing that our cache has brought so many smiles to fellow cachers gives great satisfaction. Also, we have seen that when you think that you have seen it all, someone else raises that bar a little bit higher, and in our area, that is no exception. We have since seen incredible cache ideas as a result, and they make me want to get even more creative!

Photos:

Huzzah! The geocache!
Huzzah! The geocache!
You'll have to read the description for this one.
You’ll have to read the description for this one.

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Into the mountains we go! — The Gateway To The Matterhorn Summit (GCQC4R) — Geocache of the Week

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Panorama from the lookout. Photo by geocacher lamin
Panorama from the lookout. Photo by geocacher lamin

Geocache Name:

The Gateway To The Matterhorn Summit (GCQC4R)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/4

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

There are no shortage of amazing places in the world—but figuring out which ones to visit can be a daunting task. Luckily for geocachers, we can just look for nearby geocaches, take a look at photos, read logs and check out the favorite points. One look at this geocache’s photos and logs and it instantly went on my bucket list.

What geocachers have to say:

“Found during a vacation in the area. Wonderful views, hopefully I’ll climb to Matterhorn one day.” – pedron4

“What a day, like a post card! Sunshine no cloud and a cache at the feet of the Madonna, TFTC” – zigzagzug

“After I had something to eat and drink at the hut, I scrambled up to search for this cache. It wasn’t hard to find, though there were a couple of muggles who had to be avoided 🙂 What a great location!” – johannesvanderwerf

Photos:

The Matterhorn from GZ. Photo by geocacher raumangst
The Matterhorn from GZ. Photo by geocacher raumangst
Despite a DNF, this young geocacher is still all smiles. Photo by geocacher Ciklo
Despite a DNF, this young geocacher is still all smiles. Photo by geocacher Ciklo
Beautiful mountains. Photo by geocacher johannesvanderwerf
Beautiful mountains. Photo by geocacher johannesvanderwerf

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Do you like lakes? — plitvice lakes (GC1FNKR) — Geocache of the Week

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Absolutely gorgeous! Photo by geocacher Brainburned
Absolutely gorgeous! Photo by geocacher Brainburned

Geocache Name:

plitvice lakes (GC1FNKR)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Beautiful places like these don’t form overnight. It takes thousands of years of geologic processes for beauty to evolve out of rocks and water. While photos may enable you to appreciate the vibrant colors and incredible scenery, an EarthCache like this one gives you an appreciation for the processes behind the beauty by teaching you about the sequences that took place to form it.

What geocachers have to say:

“We had tour around beautiful lakes. Whole day we walked around the park. Lots of pictures were taken and beutiful places were seen. Thanks for the earth.” – Legsa^

“Its so beautiful there and the sun was shining the whole day! We had a very nice time here! TFTC” – Schesn

“Daily trip together with DieterRoland from Drvar – Bihac – Plitvice Lakes. Perfect weather, visiting historical sites, beautiful landscape and an impressive scenery here in the National park. TFTC!” – Steveeeee

 

Photos:

This view is ok, I guess. Photo by geocacher rum.burak
This view is ok, I guess. Photo by geocacher rum.burak
One of the pathways through the lakes. Photo by geocacher zansquare
One of the pathways through the lakes. Photo by geocacher zansquare
The lakes and waterfalls. Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies
The lakes and waterfalls. Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies

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Between a rock and…more rocks. — Pit Stop (GC5RM5D) — Geocache of the Week

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Yahtzee!
Yahtzee!

Geocache Name:

Pit Stop (GC5RM5D)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2.5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This geocache is a perfect example of being extremely creative, while staying within the guidelines. The guidelines state that geocachers must not dig when finding or placing a geocache—however, like with this geocache, piling rocks on top of the geocache provides the same feel as a buried cache, without needing a shovel.

What geocachers have to say:

“Wow another GREAT cache from the CO!!! Dude you guys ROCK!!! Thanks for another creative cache. Keep up the great work!” – I C IT

“Awesome set up!, this one took some werk by the CO to get this made and installed, a nickname for this one should be “patience” haha, that’s what it takes to get er’ done. great cache and of coarse another FAV point!, will definitely recommend to others. Thanks for a fun well done cache!!!” – bajatym

“Another really nice job on this cache! A favorite point for certain. 🙂 THX 4 the fun!” – Smoochersmom

What the geocache hider, Adam_710, has to say:

Well i have always liked the trickier geocaches and wanted to build something i haven’t seen.. Ive always grown up around cars and a bottle jack was the first thing that came to mind, so i wanted to build around that. The construction from the mental design, to the physical product took about two weeks..the hardest part was the drawing and concepts. The physical build took two days.

Honesty i love getting the favorite points for these hides, thats what makes me want to keep coming up with better geocaches! The reactions are great to the pitstop, it just takes a lot of turning lol

Honestly its all for [geocachers]! I really enjoy reading the comments of the caches and there thoughts about how it was conctructed. Don’t forget to look for the ones are out there and ones that are coming out soon

 

Photos:

The geocache uncovered.
The geocache uncovered.
Where the logbook hides
Where the logbook hides
Between a rock and more rocks.
Between a rock and more rocks.

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History and beauty in one spot — SS: Lusitania (GC2D9WC) — Geocache of the Week

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Just incredible! Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies
Just incredible! Photo by geocacher Suikerbossies

Geocache Name:

SS: Lusitania (GC2D9WC)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Geocaching can bring us to beautiful places, as well as teach us about the history of an area—this geocache does both. Ground zero gives you sweeping views of the Cape of Good Hope. You can see the crystalline blue water and sandy beaches for miles. By reading the geocache’s description, you’ll also learn about the history of this area—a tragic shipwreck took place just off shore.

What geocachers have to say:

“Easily found while visiting the Cape. Very nice hide, very very nice spot!” – AlteGurke

“While a great tour we found this Cache together with xhanmanx! Great spot, thanks a lot for hiding!
Greetings from Germany!!!” – LÖ8277

“Had a few trips up and down the stairs until I found the right direction to go. This is a great area for sightseeing. I went to Cape Horn last year and now I’ve been to the Cape of Good Hope. Cool! Thanks for putting a cache here.” – kayst

 

Photos:

Scenery + history. Photo by geocacher flyMIK
Scenery + history. Photo by geocacher flyMIK
Even when there is no view, the view is still amazing. Photo by geocacher josan08
Even when there is no view, the view is still amazing. Photo by geocacher josan08
The beach. Photo by geocacher flyMIK
The beach. Photo by geocacher flyMIK
Epic view from GZ. Photo by geocacher Geo Peet
Epic view from GZ. Photo by geocacher Geo Peet

 

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